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Magna Vista tops Comets spikers

It took five games for the Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team to defeat Magna Vista High School here Friday night. The match went five games for the second time when the two teams faced each other Monday night in Ridgeway. Only this time, the outcome was different.

Dropping the final three games in succession, Halifax County High School fell to Magna Vista High School 3-2 in the best-of-five-game match.

Monday night’s loss dropped the Comets’ season record to 10-8 overall and 3-2 against Western Valley District teams.

“Magna Vista didn’t play any better than it did Friday night,” noted Comets Head Coach Steve Mattox.

“We made so many unforced attack errors that it killed us. The bad thing was that many of the errors occurred at times that resulted in momentum changes. It’s hard to recover from that.”

The Comets got on top early and won the first two games by scores of 25-18 and 25-20. At that point, the Comets appeared to be in good shape, needing to win only one more game to win the match.

“We played really well the first two games,” Mattox said.

“Everything was flowing. Everything looked real good.”

The downturn for the Comets started with the third game. Halifax County trailed 22-11 but got back into contention when Kate Bane reeled off eight service points in a row. A couple of errors followed, and the Comets lost the game 25-21.

“That was huge,” Mattox noted.

“That swung the momentum the other way.”

Magna Vista High School won the fourth game fairly easily, downing the Comets 25-15 to force a fifth game to decide the match.

The Comets led by a four-point margin at one point during the deciding game, but were unable to close out the game with a win.

“Usually the girls have a lot of confidence going into a fifth game,” noted Mattox.

“It’s a rarity that we lose a Game 5. Unforced errors crept in and it was pretty much over after that.”

Whitney White had a big game for the Comets defensively, logging a team-high 12 blocks. Kendall Lloyd had 10 service points, four kills and 24 attacks. Jordan Miller had six kills and 24 attacks.

The Comets were slated to be back in action last night, traveling to Danville to face GW in a Western Valley District contest.

Halifax County High School will play its final home match of the season Thursday night when it hosts Franklin County High School. The team will observe Senior Night prior to the start of the varsity contest, which is set for a 7 p.m. start.